Driving on a rough mountain road and hauling
"provisions" from town are in the equation.
Hmmm, sounds like home. I live a couple hours south of you (and I have family in Augusta Co.). I live in the national forest and a good part of my drive home (18 miles total) is rough...and then there's my 1 mile driveway. :?
I've had my E since the beginning of May, and I would have no qualms about recommending it for Virginia mountain hauling. I climb a mountain on the way home (paved road) and the E has plenty of power for that. It handles well on the gravel, and it's done well in our monsoons recently. I've driven through water both on the paved roads and on the dirt road, and have had no problems.
Of course, I don't know about snow handling yet, but I'm sure it will be fine.
My only dirt road qualm is my dash rattle. I've got a persistent rattle on the left side of the dash, and I'm not alone with that problem. Of course, it's worse on washboard roads.
But I would have no hesitation about buying the E if I had it to do over again. It is a really fun car! I'm having as much fun as I did the first week I got it, and I still stop and admire it before I climb in!